Suffolk County Show’s first woman boss leaves after six months

Nicola Bateman launching the show's poster campaign in February with show director  Bill Baker and chairman of business developmentPeter Over  ANL-150224-163757009
Nicola Bateman launching the show's poster campaign in February with show director Bill Baker and chairman of business developmentPeter Over ANL-150224-163757009

Suffolk Agricultural Association’s first woman chief executive in its 184-year history has left after less than six months in the job.

Nicola Bateman, from Tostock, joined the organisers of the Suffolk Show in January saying: “Having worked extensively abroad for the past decade, this role allows me to give something back locally for a change and, with a young family at home, it seems the dream job and a perfect fit.”

But on Monday, the association revealed she had left.

Mrs Bateman said: “I have enjoyed my time at the SAA enormously, especially working on the most successful Suffolk Show in recent years.

“However, with the support and understanding of the SAA Trustees, I have decided to return to the mainstream events industry, which is where I have worked for many years. I wish the fantastic team of staff and stewards the very best”

Robert Rous, SAA Chairman, is now interim chief executive and will ‘undertake a review of the leadership needs of the association’.

Mr Rous said: “We have very much enjoyed working with Nicola and I would like to thank her for her contribution to the SAA.”